In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts) Germany (2017) Dir. Fatih Akin The law exists for a reason but sometimes it is its own worst enemy when its rules are adhered to and fail to ensure justice is served. When the victims of a crime continue to suffer as the culprits walk away scot free, the … Continue reading In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

The Beekeeper (O melissokomos)

The Beekeeper (O melissokomos) Greece (1986) Dir. Theodoros Angelopoulos Getting old - non-one wants it to happen but when it does a number of harsh realities hit us. The question is, how do you react to them? Do you cling on to the past and wallow in nostalgia, or do you simply accept it as … Continue reading The Beekeeper (O melissokomos)

Suntan

Suntan Greece (2016) Dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos “You’re only young once”  is the popular aphorism used to encourage people to take a leap into the unknown that they may be hesitant about, but then a follow-up question begs “When does being young end?” Is it 18 when you get to vote, 21 when you get the … Continue reading Suntan

Small Crime (Mikro eglima)

Small Crime (Mikro eglima) Greece/Cyprus (2008) Dir. Christos Georgiou I’ve only seen a few Greek films and they have all been dour, challenging dramas or pitch black, borderline arcane comedies. So this second feature film from English born Cypriot TV director Christos Georgiou is a gentle and amiable comedy that couldn’t be any more accessible … Continue reading Small Crime (Mikro eglima)

Chevalier

Chevalier (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 105 minutes approx. In the past decade the words “Greek cinema” and “black comedy” tend to serve more as a warning sign than a selling point, such is the esoteric level of offbeat decadence our Mediterranean friends attain. Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third directorial outing is another … Continue reading Chevalier

The Lobster

The Lobster Greece/UK (2015) Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos I hesitated to watch this film for two reasons - one: international directors making English language films rarely match the work in their native tongues; two: I can’t stand Colin Farrell. So, imagine how much of a chump I feel as The Lobster is arguably Yorgos Lanthimos best … Continue reading The Lobster

Miss Violence

Miss Violence Greece (2013) Dir. Alexandros Avranas Over the past few years Greece has been the surprise provider of some of the most esoteric, quirky and disturbingly provocative films to hit the big screen (outside of Asia). With the likes of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps) leading the way this trend continues to yield darker results, … Continue reading Miss Violence

Alps (Alpeis)

Alps (Alpeis) Greece (2011) Dir. Giorgos Lanthimos A disparate quartet made up of a nurse (Aggeliki Papoulia), a paramedic (Aris Servetalis), a young gymnast (Ariane Labed) and her trainer (Johnny Vekris) form a group called Alps that offer a unique service: They will substitute a recently deceased person to help the bereaved family get over … Continue reading Alps (Alpeis)